Sunday Rant – 1219

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Joe’s Comment – Trust C.S. Lewis to succinctly suggest an important attitude adjustment in less than 20 words.
The human condition requires you make mistakes and take risks to learn, all the while you will develope an aversion to making mistakes and taking risks.
Nobody wants to fail, even if it is essential to developing and learning.
Being human ain’t easy.  Much conundrums.
I chose this quote because I’ve been wrenching on three different Ford vehicles this week.
Happy ending here I come!

 

Patrick Moore
This week in the Sunday Rant Joe and I celebrate Canadian heroes and heroines.
Patrick Moore is one of the sane voices regarding “climate change” in the rugby scrum of warring perspectives and Chicken Little ideologies.
He self identifies as a humanist, a realist, and an environmentalist.
Joe says that makes him a threeist (ist x 3).
We ordered his ists according to our impression of their importance to Dr. Moore.
Watch the following appeal he makes on behalf of millions of third world children who die every year from complications of vitamin A deficiency:

Joe and I are old enough to have seen the pictures of Patrick Moore and his Green Peace comrades thwarting the Russian whaling fleet.
If we had access to Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine we’d show you a thing or two:

Anyway, President Donald Trump chimed in to support the bona fides of Patrick Moore as an original founding member of Green Peace.

From this article at Breitbart and the associated links found there, we discover that Green Peace has removed Patrick Moore from their foundation’s history.  They’ve air brushed him out of the historical photos.  They deny his involvement!
From this article in wattsupwiththat they compare the Green Peace website photos to the Soviet “disappearing Commissars” photos where Stalin and Co. became Stalin alone.
What a catfish stew.  With heads.
Green Peace has become what Dr. Moore has been saying for over twenty years – they are all about the $$$, and not about the environment.
Patrick Moore is a Canadian icon.
Joe is especially chatty when we go about our business in town.
We quiz folks about various and sundry topics.
Most are ignorant of the important work of great Canadians like Patrick Moore and Tim Ball in the war against ignorance about climate change.

 

Faith Goldy
Joe and I were somewhat crestfallen to read Faith has married.
We held her in our life much as we do the BCLottery Foundation®.
There are tickets in our shop many years old: why check and lose when you can keep the dream alive?
Here is Faith speaking with Jesse Lee Peterson (no relation to JBP (we think)):

Joe likens Faith to pitchblende.  Or Kimberlite.
That is to say she has some incredibly valuable substance.
Mixed with a cornucopia of other mishmashy often edgy ideas and theories.
Joe and I experience a certain heightening of awareness when she speaks.
Unlike Chris Mathews, it isn’t “I felt this thrill going up my leg”.
We are much more North, much more sophisticated.

 

Historic Tim Ball
Dr. Tim Ball is a brave heroic Canadian.
Dr. Ball is a climatologist of pristine calibre.
What Joe and I like is his political consciousness and his ability to connect the dots.
We also like his candid calling out of cads and scoundrels.
This video is before the outcome of the law suit against him (Michael Mann – “hockey stick” et cetera) was determined.
At this time his legal bill was in excess of $1.3 million CDN.
Our Canada is proud of Dr. Ball and his effrontery in the face of such a miscreant as Mr. Mann:

 

Bill Whittle
Joe and I have been following Mr. Whittle for over 10 years.
He’s had many revelatory thoughts and ideas in his polity of work.
This is an example of his perspective and his analysis.
Here’s Firewall and Why Johnny Can’t Think:

 

Pretty Lady Woman – Take Two
Joe and I were quite stimulated by Mr Regan’s analysis of how the Pretty Woman (AOC) was selected and supported during the 2018 mid-term election.
If you watched the part I video, it was noted that the objective is to take over the Democrat Party with a shotgun approach to conscripting, grooming, and promoting a candidate by a well funded far left group of ideologues.
Well, what about the others?
More from Mr Regan:

 

The West is Best
PJW is a canary in the Western coal mine(ed).
Is the West in decline?
Joe says, can a duck fart?
An overview of the decline:

Is this true?
Joe and I think not.
Our belief is the West is more than an idea.
We think the West is a people.
Here is a rebuttal to Mr. Watson from Jared Taylor:

Joe and I are not sure about the term “racism” or “racist”.
Humans are part of the animal kingdom.
All animal species specialize.
Cross breeding is possible across some but not all species.
For example, theory states Homo Sapiens interbred with Neanderthalensis because DNA.
However, when you introduce the concept of subspecies = race, the argument begins.
Joe and I are only mildly interested in the semantic battle.
Our observation is that the differences among the examples of the species homo sapiens are legion.  No two snowflakes and all that crapola.
Just like the areas of the earth.
Hence our speculation that environmental differences, nutritional opportunities, isolation factors, cultural behaviour, cultural awareness, and gene pool size (to name a few categories) cause specialization in the “strain” or “tribe” or “ethnicity”.
And the specialization can be observed.
Our observation is Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” was an intuitive look at the human condition.
Joe and I still consider IQ the greatest factor in the level and degree of specialization a person or culture or ethnicity or tribe or strain will accomplish.
The peoples who built the West were unique specialists.
It remains to be seen if the influx of migrant populations from other specialist societies can adapt enough to promulgate the Western culture.
This is where Joe agrees with both above authors.
I reserve my opinion.

 

Mass Murderers
Joe and I are tired of certain tropes.
Trope this.
Trope that.
Certain memes, too.
Meme this.
Meme that.
How about “religion has killed more people in the history of humanity than any other ___________ (fill in the blank)”.
How about “war is never justified”.
How about “IQ is not relevant, but if it were it is the product of environment and nutrition, not genetics”.
There are many more equally pompous pronouncements that don’t really bear intense scrutiny.  Or detailed analysis of “frame of reference”.
Or theoretical vs actual projection.
And any other metric you might choose to measure validity.
One such trope / meme is that Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao see Dung (that’s a play on words), and Hitler were the massiest messiest mass murderers in history.
Attila the Humdinger (word play again!) is a bigger killer than Pol Pot.  The “Scourage of God” is estimated to have killed 12 million via compound bow, hand-to-hand combat, fire, and siege.  Given the time period (and a small (relatively) population density), with no “weapons of mass destruction”, his head count is impressive.
However, these men, these killers, were at war or worse.
Worse is political chicanery (from the mouth of Joe the Mekanic).
What about ideological killers?
You might argue that Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao see Poo (ha ha!), and Hitler were ideologues, too.
It gets complicated.
What if we told you that two seemingly harmless women brandishing nothing more than ideology and righteous certainty eclipsed (and continue eclipsing) all of the above mentioned kennels-men of the dogs of war?:

Two women.
Margaret Sanger.
Rachel Carson.
The head count is 100 million + and counting.

Joe and I aren’t condemning these ladies.
However, the head count of abortion since Roe vs Wade in North America (minus Mexico) has exceeded 60 MILLION, showing small signs of lessening.
This doesn’t include whatever twaddle the UK, Australian, European, and New Zealand and the rest of the world used to justify killing children in the womb.
Margaret Sanger is the mother of Planned Parenthood.
What about after being born.
What are the hazards of being a child?
The titular (a boob joke) originator of the environmental movement was Ms. Rachel Carson.  Her book “Silent Spring” is credited with the ultimate banning of DDT production.
DDT was sidelined in 1972 under the Nixon administration.
Ironically, the regulatory body which curtailed the use of DDT was also created by Nixon’s administration in 1970.  That body is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Latest figures for death due to lack of DDT application (control mechanism for prohibiting the spread of malaria, yellow fever, typhus, etc.) since 1972 is 50+ million.  And growing.
There are counter arguments.
Of course these two well meaning women would have never intended these chain-of-event catastrophes to play out.
Joe and I bet they never personally took a life.
Also, neither woman controlled government or any agency that had or has the power or authority to implement such policy.
Furthermore, the US of A did NOT prohibit the production of DDT internationally: they had no such authority outside the borders of America.
However, when the funding and provision of DDT was left to the third world countries / tropical areas to support, corruption and political malfeasance often reduced or eliminated the program.
That is the power of an idea.
And here we are…..

 

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Joe’s Comment – Damn if it ain’t true!  From a colossal 5’11” as a high school doofus, the enormity of Joe is now 5’9½”.  There is probably an equivalent drop in IQ, testosterone, eyesight, hearing, and endurance, too.
I reckon it peculiar (and symetrical) that when an infant joins the world, it is measured in parts of an inch, parts of a pound (or Metric if you wish), and ages in days and months.
So true when you get old, older, oldest, too.
Life is a parabolic trajectory.
Pretty funny if you want the facts.
My life may be wearing me down, but it has never been as interesting or valuable.
I go to bed with a smile and wake with a grin.
Ready for the challenge of the day.
For what else is there?
Katharine Hepburn summed it aptly –

 

Pretty Lady Woman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka Occasional-Cortex, O’Crazio-Kotex, Nieman-Marxist, She-Guevara, Occasional-Kotex) won a seat in the US Congress by winning an election in the New York 14th House District.
She is a good looking Puerto Rican comely female –
Her good looks, youth, and energy are offset by a less than stellar resumè.
Listen to her speak; there is contradiction.
Much like the Munificent Mulatto (aka Barry Soetoro, Barack Hussein Obama, Obummer, Gaybama, Jug Ears, Maobama, more here) the on-script performance of speeches and interviews from notes or teleprompter is well formulated and delivered with passion and conviction.
However, the off-script ad hoc improvised speech is jumbled, confusing, disconnected, or downright loony.
Joe says this does not compute.
How did this pretty bartender sweep the election, then go on to rattle the cage of the entire Democrat Party?
Here’s a few facts about her head of staff – a known fascist bastard lover – Saikat Chakrabarti –
How would a pretty bartender know such a man?
Mr Regan has a theory.
The theory is believable because it is based on the words of the players.
This is a multi-pronged attempt to take over the Democrat Party.
The big fat liar heading “The Young Turks” website, Cenk Uygur, played a role in promoting “The Justice Democrats”, who advertised the role of Congress person as a casting call.  They received 10,000+ applications.
They chose She Guevara:

Joe and I may be country bumpkins.
We for sure, no foolin’, are dirt people.
No contest from us.
And don’t we wish we were born yesterday!  (That would make us 1 day old.)
But…..
To think this isn’t politics as usual is naive beyond our usual starry-eyed Kumbaya gee ain’t life grand optimism.
With all the power of this platform, of our towering influence, our razor-honed intellect, Joe and I pondered a proper well measured comment on this travesty.
Our considered position is to change the title of this segment to reflect on a movie starring Kevin Costner and Julia Roberts – in short, this is a story about a beautiful woman who is a prostitute-for-hire.
C’est dommage.
C’est la guerre.
C’est la vie.
C’est la pomme de terre.
That’s all the trope we got.
The Q is, is it enough?

 

Colonization (for the Nation)
Joe and I were alive when Sally Struthers (actress) aired commercials on TV supporting charity for impoverished African countries.
Joe and I recollect Sally (and her ilk) begging for charitable donations for various African countries or cultures all the time we were growing up.  Example:

The above ad dates from the mid ’70’s.
At the time, the population of Ethiopia was just over 33 million souls.
The population in 2018 is estimated at 107 million souls.
Amazing gains for an impoverished area.
This is “r” reproductive strategy.
The GDP per capita was calculated at $549.80 USD for 2017.
The earliest record we found on line was $190.00 USD for 1980.
This is the third poorest country in the world.
Snap quiz: who colonized Ethiopia?
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, BONG!
Time’s up!
Trick question.
Ethiopia was not colonized during the “Scramble for Africa“.
A PDF document of development aid to Africa (2017) here.  A graph from the document –
As the graph shows, the United States alone contributed over 28 billion USD from 2013 – 2015 to various African countries.  Also, Canada made the top 10 donators, placing 6th.  More information at the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
On the other side of the equation are countries (in and out of Africa) colonized by European nations.
There is an argument that colonization for many countries (especially in Africa) was a net benefit for the indigenous peoples.
The Case for Colonialism“, written by Bruce Gilley, was first published in a 2017 edition of Third World Quarterly magazine.
You might want to read the entire article before it is lost forever.
The on line publisher, Taylor & Francis, received death threats and withdrew the publication.
If you can’t find it at the link above, contact us via Droveria.  We have a PDF copy.
Here is the abstract from Mr. Gilley’s article –
This paper is an important read.
The cost to the Western world is immense.
Whether or not the recipient countries are benefiting is another matter.
Some argue that development aid encourages malfeasance and corruption, thereby retarding development – antithetical to the goal.
Joe asks what in the world is wrong with Africa?
I say low IQ.
Low enough to inhibit development and progress.
Corruption runs rampant.
Joe suspects an inverse relation with IQ and virtue.
Enter the conversation between Jared Taylor and Stefan Molyneux:

Joe listened and read carefully.
Perhaps low IQ Africa (and any other low IQ societies) would be better off with the modern version of colonial guidance.
The Chinese are already doing so in a most nefarious way – by insinuating their government via economic development into the host country.  The net result is the host country cannot repay the Chinaman, who gradually takes over the country’s infrastructure.
Time for Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” poem to be posted (again) – Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers! (An analysis here.)

 

Prager U
Another gem from Prager U.
This is professor Sean McDowell explaining why sex matters:

 

 

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Joe’s Comment – I just passed the three score and ten milestone.  H.L. Mencken makes more sense every new day.

 

SNC – Lavalin
Joe doesn’t like Quebec as a political force.
Not hard to parse; he holds no animus against the fine Canadians populating that province.  The unfine Canadians populating that province (and all the other provinces) is special category, reserved for another day’s ranteroo.
In logical terms, how could Joe generalize?
In our life, we have only known a handful or two of Quebecois: hardly a sample size large enough to condemn or praise a population of 8.3 million people.
Gotta avoid that “group identity” logical fallacy.
Joe’s wrath (maybe just anger) is directed at the Liberal Party of Canada.
Much like the Democrat Party of the USA, the LPC barters in identity politics.
Holding the rest of the country hostage to preserve / conserve / husband / protect Quebec identity, to suppress social and cultural pressures from the rest of the country, is not wise.
Who made the Canadian government curators for culture?
Joe and I vote as theoretical libertarians: minimal government, free speech, private property, rule of law (as required).  IOW (in other words) LUTFA!  (leave us the f@*k alone).
Didn’t our fine specimen of leadership (Chief Rainbow Socks) state that Canada has no core identity?  If you can stomach listening, here is CRS (ref: above line) telling all:

Needless to say Joe couldn’t stomach the entire smug intellectually vapid speech without a few pauses to punch a hole in the drywall.  What a maroon.
Turdope.  Not Joe…..
Drywall filler is cheap.
Joe and I come from a paternal family line that settled in Newfoundland in the 1700’s.  Our maternal family line homesteaded in Saskatchewan near the end of the 1900’s.  We could argue we were half here before there was a Canada.  We could also argue we and millions of others knew damn well who we were until this pantywaist begged to differ.
Joe says it is peculiar that “change” is a mantra of the progressive / left until the change is not in their interest.
Back to the subject at hand; political stick handling vs the business of government.
Stefan Molyneaux does his usual thorough analysis of WTF is up:

Joe and I expound once again: government has no business in business.
If la belle province can’t,  get out of the way of those provinces that can.
Or change.
What a novel idea…..
As for Chief Rainbow Socks, Earl of Taint has an eloquent way of expressing his thoughts about our esteemed leader –

 

Jordan Peterson
This is a Q & A from New Zealand.
A mixed representation on the panel; a trans person, JBP, a flaming feminist, a Marxist, a couple of politicians.
Our bias betrays us.
The trans and JBP spoke well and true.
The rest barely suppressed their tyrannical inclinations.
You may decide for your own self, ’cause it’s 2019 (paraphrasing our fearless leader, Chief Rainbow Socks):

 

John Stossel
An amazing Libertarian with a public platform.
His work goes back 30 years.
This is an interview with three left / progressive academics who created false and ludicrous papers, submitted them to “esteemed” publishers, and were accepted for publication.
Their point was the publishers were not scientists but were ideologically and/or politically motivated.
Much mayhem ensued and is still ensuing:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman delivers.
The subject is the Green New Deal:

 

Invasion of Europe
Joe and I have often wondered how millions of “migrants”, mostly young men in the 19 to 35 year bracket, managed to leave their home countries, travel across Africa, then pay for passage on rickety ships across the Mediterranean to mainland Europe.
Joe and I are “privileged white males” and we can’t afford such a trip.
This video from Vertigo Politix suggests a rationale.
Makes more sense than what we were thinking:

Joe and I both listened with interest.  Mulling works with wine and thought, too.
We then went to the hive of Vertigo Politix to get a “vibe” for their weltanschauung.
You know, are they screaming lunatics or identity politic mouthpieces, or keen minds who manifest probing questions?
Or all or none of the above?
The YoubeTube nest of VP has many interesting videos.
We liked the following critique of Jordan Peterson’s work:

If you’ve read this rant you know Joe and I have great respect for Jordan B. Peterson.  We believe his objective as stated: to help people become the best they can; for people to take their place in the world by being productive.
However, outside the excellent interpretive pronouncements using psychology to interpret the world, we feel he leans left – when he leans.
Our view of Left and Right differs.
We see Hitler and his cronies as Left, not Right.
The evidence presented by Dinesh d’Souza in his book “The Big Lie” is historical fact: the Nazi party copied Democratic positions and platforms.  There was much mutual admiration.  Ethel sings:

Yes, we wandered mightily.
The point we started to make is Vertigo Politix makes us think.
They aren’t any more lunatic than Joe and I.
And, politics is a dirty game, whose victims are “dirt people” like Joe and me.
Further, the progressive / leftist / Marxist adherents never wonder what will happen to them if they are successful.
Who coined the phrase “useful idiots“?
We don’t know who it was.
Joe suspects it WASN’T Mary Poppins.

 

Solar Flares – Please Come Back!
Humanity has a vested interest in solar flare activity.
There are a number of critical influences solar flaring bequeaths the blue planet.
Protection from cosmic rays is an important benefit.
There is a website SpaceWeather.com that has actual data about what’s up, doc, in space.  Here’s a snapshot of the solar flare activity this year to date (March 5th) –

At the Stanford Solar Center there is a tab titled “About the Sun”.  If you select it (left click for the PC crowd.  Who knows for the Apple doppelgangers) you will see this graphic menu –

Lots of information about what is known and for how long about Mr. Sun.
Joe and I are inclined to believe the science of Professor Valentina Zhakarov, her presentation here.  This was also embedded in Sunday Rant – 4818.
The video below is an interview with Lee Wheelbarger.  His analysis of the data presented by Professor Zhakarov is in very convincing lay terminology and a variety of practical examples:

Joe helped me get a bottom line understanding of the entire mosh pit of the solar system.
Sun spots / solar flares fend off cosmic particular invasion of the earth atmosphere.  Lack of this defense (lack of solar flare armor) allows cosmic particles to invade the atmosphere and create lots of cloud cover.
Additional cloud cover depresses the surface temperature.
Combined with the vagaries of the earth’s solar orbit, temperatures on the surface of the earth will plummet.
Voila!
Hello Ice Age.

 

Prager U
This vignette features Andy Puzder giving a clear and precise explanation of the differences between capitalism and socialism.
Joe and I love Prager U.  Short.  To the point.  No frills or BS:

 

Joe’s Garage

Robotic / AI Transport
Finally!
A use for robotic / AI driving.
Some smart wag has designed a robotic valet for parking vehicles.
Joe thinks this is closer to the maximum capability of AI.
All it has to “remember” is:
– where the wheels are
– how to identify the front or rear from the sides
– be husky enough and energy robust enough to work a “shift”
Seems simple enough.
This idea is not far from what already exists in “automated” warehousing.
If there was such a mechanized valet at the Kelowna airport (for instance) Joe would love to see the valet park our F350 with a ton or so of cargo in the box.
Nora (that’s her name) is a big girl.
In her stocking feet (fluids and fuel) she tips the scales at close to 4 tons.  With a ton in the box (she is rated to carry 4,300 pounds) that would be 5 tons.  She can pull a trailer up to a combined truck/trailer weight (GCWR) of 23,500 pounds.
That’s 11¾ tons.
Her wheel base is 172.4 inches (14 feet 4.4 inches).  For the Imperial measure challenged, that’s 4.389 metres.
For comparison, a Mini Cooper is only 3.87 metres overall length.
Joe says watch this video and tell us what you think the capacity might be:

Like all theoretical constructs, all is peachy until the real world intrudes.
Everyone doesn’t drive a beaner car.
All vehicles are not the same length, width, height, weight.
Or color…..
Joe, you a RACIST!!!
Anyway, interesting idea.  Expensive to build and develop.  Limited use.
No wonder they ask for feedback at the end of the video.
Joe says they have a sneaky suspicion it won’t have a huge market.

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